July 23, 2016

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Election 2013: Wadsworth City Council

WADSWORTH — The race for three at-large seats on City Council pits three Republican challengers against a Democratic incumbent.

Patricia A. Haskins
Patricia A. Haskins, the only woman on Council, was elected to her at-large post in 2011.

She served previously on Council. She was appointed to fill out Gene Kovack’s term as Council member at large for four months in 2009, but lost race for the Ward 1 seat to Tim Eberling in November of that year and also in 2007.

A retired Wadsworth High School math teacher, Haskins is a trustee for the Wadsworth Women’s Club and a volunteer at Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.

She chairs the Wadsworth Bicentennial Volunteer Committee and is treasurer for the past three years of the Sacred Heart Church Altar and Rosary Society.

Haskins said her time serving the city isn’t complete. She wants to finish the renovation of High Street in the coming year, as well as revise the College Street Gateway zoning laws.

She said she also want to see the opening of the outdoor pool.

Joseph A. Rodgers
Rodgers is a newcomer to politics. A retired employee of First Energy’s Ohio Edison, he has been the commander at the Wadsworth American Legion for the past eight years.

He said the city’s safety services are his top priority.

“I don’t want anything to happen, especially to the children. I’m sick of people trying to abduct kids,” he said. “(Police) are doing a great job now. I just don’t want a cutback in safety forces.”

Bob L. Thurber
Thurber also is a political freshman. The owner of Thurber’s Jewelers, 115 High St., he is the president of Downtown Wadsworth, a member and past president of the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce and sits on the board of the Salvation Army.

Thurber said economic development would be his priority.

“That’s the thing that gets me going. It’s the thing I like and hopefully I can make an impact there,” he said. “There are empty storefronts I think we can get filled in. Downtown and out along (state Route) 261, there’s plenty of good retail space.”

David L. Williams
Williams said he also wants to keep Wadsworth a good place for business.

The owner of Williams Auto Sales, 941 Broad St., Williams ran for the Ward 3 seat in 2011, but lost to John Sharkey IV.

Williams is in his first year serving on the city’s Storm Water Commission, and is a member of the Bicentennial Committee, finance and history committees, the Chamber of Commerce and the Wadsworth Independent Business Association.

“I want to try to make Wadsworth as friendly as possible,” he said. “We need to connect to help one another and promote Wadsworth companies, and we need to make sure that we’re taking advantage of every opportunity that comes our way.

“The fundamentals are in place. We have city services. We just need to make sure our practices and policies are business friendly so we can attract and keep businesses.”

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.